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Scholarships to attend the 2015 Service User Academia Symposium in Auckland

“Attendance at this symposium is ‘soul food’ for me on an intellectual, physically and emotional level providing me with an opportunity to connect with, and learn from, my peers. I find that being there with ‘my people’ and our allies affirms, encourages and challenges me in my work.” – Lyn Mahboub, 2014 scholarship recipient.

The Service User Academia symposium has been run annually since 2011 for the purposes of advancing the discipline of service user academia – the meaningful involvement of service users in mental health and addiction research and teaching.

The 5th Service User Academia symposium will be held in Auckland, New Zealand on the 30th November/1st December 2015 with the theme being ‘Creating Connections and Building Bridges Together: One Step Closer’.

The co-hosts are pleased to announce the availability of 2 scholarships to support service users to attend.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must:

  • be a New Zealand or Australian citizen or a New Zealand or Australian permanent resident
  • identify as a service user/survivor/consumer
  • currently involved (in some capacity) in mental health research and/or teaching
  • have an interest in developing yourself as a service user academic
  • not currently in paid employment of more than one day per week
  • be unable to attend without the support of a scholarship.

VALUE

Each scholarship has a value of $1750 to go towards the travel and accommodation expenses associated with attendance; and a registration (valued at approximately $250).

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants are asked to prepare a 500-750 word essay explicating how you fit the criteria and:

  • what you anticipate getting out of the symposium
  • how you intend contributing to the symposium
  • how you will use the symposium to build service user academia capacity

All essays must be received by Dr Sarah Gordon no later than no later than 30th June 2015.

Recipients of the scholarships shall be selected by a panel comprising of representatives from the University of Otago (NZ), the University of Canberra (Australia), ACT Health (Australia), Central Queensland University(Australia), and Auckland University of Technology (NZ).

For more information or to submit an essay:
Contact Dr Sarah Gordon
Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago Wellington
Telephone Number: 0064 7 8235025
Email Address: sarah.e.gordon@otago.ac.nz

Scholarships to attend the 2014 Service User Academia Symposium

This first Service User Academia Symposium was organised by the University of Auckland in 2011 for the purposes of bringing together those who worked in academia and service users to explore and reflect on the challenges in creating and maintaining meaningful involvement of service users in mental health and addiction research and teaching. Such was the enthusiasm and interest generated that it was decided this should be an annual event.

In 2012 the University of Otago and CQUniversity joined with the University of Auckland to become official co-hosts of the event. With the theme of University Challenged the 2nd symposium was held as another one day event in Auckland and in 2013 the 3rd symposium with the theme of Making Change Happen was held as a two-day event in Melbourne.

The 4th Service User Academia Symposium – Creating Connections – Building Bridges Together –
will be held 1st and 2nd December 2014 in Wellington, New Zealand and the co-hosts are pleased to announce the availability of 2 scholarships to support service users to attend.

ELIGIBILITY
Applicants must:
• be a New Zealand or Australian citizen or a New Zealand or Australian permanent resident
• identify as a service user/survivor/consumer
• be currently involved (in some capacity) in mental health research and/or teaching
• have an interest in developing yourself as a service user academic.

VALUE
Each scholarship has a value of $1500 to contribute to the travel and accommodation expenses associated with attendance; and a free registration (valued at approximately $250).

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
Applicants are asked to write about 750 words explaining how you fit the criteria and:
• what you anticipate getting out of the symposium
• how you intend contributing to the symposium
• how you will use the symposium to build service user academia capacity

All applications must be received by Dr Sarah Gordon no later than 20th April.

Recipients of the scholarships shall be selected by a panel comprising of representatives from the University of Otago (NZ), the University of Auckland (NZ), and CQUniversity (AUS).

For more information or to submit your application:
Dr Sarah Gordon
Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago Wellington
Telephone Number: 0064 7 8235025
Email Address: sarah.e.gordon@otago.ac.nz